Posted by: Jim Adcock | February 23, 2011

Professionalism

Today’s post is a segue from my post about promoting your blog using Yahoo Groups and tomorrow’s post about another venue to promote your posts.

Nearly two years ago I attended a presentation by Jason Alba, creator of JibberJobber.com. It was that presentation that launched my blog. I learned sever things there, and the one I’m going to talk about today is professional presentation in social media.

Many companies do a background check once they are ready to make an offer. But background checks are expensive. An inexpensive tool to weed out potential problems from making it to the short list candidates is… Google. Yes, companies are Googling you. What will they find?

And, yes, I have pulled out my hammer again.

I encourage you to be professional in you blogging, Twittering and Facebooking. If it would give a hiring manager pause before hiring you, why are you putting it out in public? Given the economy, given that employers are already disqualifying unemployed people for consideration from employment, do you need another albatross?

On the internet, consider behaving as if you are on stage in front of your next boss… because you are.

Also, professionalism opens the door for the next promotional venue…

Jim Adcock is a SharePoint Administrator, and blogs about SharePoint at his main blog, Working It Out. He is also Vice President of Launch Pad Job Club, an organization in Austin, Texas, whose mission is help people who have lost their jobs to get the skills they need to land their next job, and to help them cope with the interim between jobs. Consequently, Jim also blogs about career management. He also serves as Secretary on the Austin Software Process Improvement Network Board of Directors. He also wants to know why everyone keeps asking him about sleep…

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  1. Of course, some of us blog under a pseudonym…
    (Although I always try to be professional, even when I’m not using my real name.)

  2. […] also follows up on the advantages of maintaining a professional demeanor in your social […]


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